Figure skating: Davis-White on track for U.S. history

Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:53pm EST
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By Pritha Sarkar

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Meryl Davis and Charlie White again raised the bar as Sunday's spectacular display to a medley of songs from 'My Fair Lady' put them in sight of becoming the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title.

The pair have made a habit of breaking their own world record scores each time they skate and so it proved once more as they beat Canadian training partners and Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir with 78.89 points.

It was a performance that left the fans cheering and stamping their feet in approval and if Professor Higgins had been in the crowd he would probably have exclaimed: 'By George, you really did it, you did it, you did it!'

"They were flying," gushed Russian Marina Zoueva who coaches both North American rivals. "It was a strong performance but also so light and so flowing and very, very natural ... it was a really, really great dance."

A beaming Davis added: "I told Charlie that ... I felt like I was in a dream. It is was so surreal."

The twice world champions are now only one routine away from becoming only the fourth non-Russian couple to win the Olympic ice dance title.

"It felt awesome. When we were going out, we said, 'Let's do it for each other'," said White. "We're letting it flow."

The pair certainly did that as their foxtrot-quickstep number would not have looked out of place on any dance floor, let alone the ice rink.   Continued...

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 16 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk